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The Tories once had a radical fringe. Now it is the whole party
In Britain’s decrepit electoral system, there will always be a place for the Conservatives, but what is striking is how they have shrunk into being the party of southern England. And even there, the hold is slipping. This January, a senior government minister told the Sun of a new rule, coined while out canvassing, that “If you knock on a door and they have books on their shelves, you can be pretty sure these days they’re not voting Tory.”

The old cliché claims that any man under 30 who is not a liberal has no heart, whereas anyone over 30 who is not a conservative has no brain. No more. Voting Tory is for one’s dotage, as health secretary Matt Hancock remarked this week, voting Tory is now “something people start to do when they get their winter fuel allowance”. And can you imagine anyone seeing in May’s rabble an oasis of sagacity and level-headedness?
by:AdityaChakrabortty  from:CommentIsFree  Conservatives  politics  geo:UnitedKingdom  extremism  Brexit 
5 days ago by owenblacker
YouTube reportedly ignored extremism in order to boost engagement | Ars Technica
Bloomberg report shows how employees offered solutions but were turned down.
youtube  hate  rightwing  extremism  capitalists 
15 days ago by harcesz
YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Let Toxic Videos Run Rampant - Bloomberg
Micah Schaffer, former YouTube employee: "Somewhere along the last decade, he added, YouTube prioritized chasing profits over the safety of its users. “We may have been hemorrhaging money,” he said. “But at least dogs riding skateboards never killed anyone.”"
ethics  google  news  video  youtube  extremism  engagement  filterbubble  surveillancecapitalism  attentioneconomy  outrageeconomy  corporateresponsibility 
16 days ago by geephroh
Terrorism bred online requires anticipatory, not reactionary coverage - Columbia Journalism Review
Individuals, trained by the platforms to understand how to influence and publish, are now well versed in creating material the platforms find difficult to purge. Information, it seems, will get out. ...

Evans feels that if the white nationalist industry were less profitable to social platforms, and if image boards such as 8Chan were taken more seriously as a root of terroristic threat, then the many clues and postings made ahead of the attack would have been caught earlier. The flip side of strategic silence is that the threat of a different kind of terrorism is minimized, and that the platforms, who have never acted to pre-empt anything that has not previously attracted coverage, continue to treat extreme and violent views as a tolerable type of speech.
socialmedia  tech&society  journalism  extremism  algorithms  radlib 
20 days ago by barbarafister
RT : Please read this and consider how we might deal with when we can understan…
WhiteSupremacists  jihadists  extremism  from twitter
23 days ago by kcarruthers
Extremist Mann
Wie toxische Männlichkeit den Extremismus gebiert
masculinity  gender  lang:de  extremism  rechtsruck  culture  psychology  society 
28 days ago by archangel
How Twitter's algorithm is amplifying extreme political rhetoric • CNN
Oliver Darcy:
<p>Over the last several months, Twitter has begun inserting what it believes to be relevant and popular tweets into the feeds of people who do not subscribe to the accounts that posted them. In other words, Twitter has started showing users tweets from accounts that are followed by those they follow. This practice is different from the promoted content paid for by advertisers, as Twitter is putting these posts into the feeds of users without being paid and without consent from users.

Twitter said its goal with the practice is to expose users to new accounts and content that they might be interested in. In some situations, the practice is innocuous and perhaps even beneficial. For instance, if someone is watching the Super Bowl, but doesn't follow Tom Brady, it might be useful for them to see his post-game tweet.
Relying on an algorithm to insert politically-oriented tweets into the feed of users, however, appears to come with unintended consequences. Some tweets contain extreme political rhetoric and/or advance conspiracy theories. And they are regularly posted by media or internet personalities who hold fringe views (many are also verified, giving them an added sense of credibility to people who may not be familiar with them), exposing users on the platform to radical content they may otherwise have not encountered.

In effect, the practice means Twitter may at times end up amplifying inflammatory political rhetoric, misinformation, conspiracy theories, and flat out lies to its users. This comes at a time when other platforms, like YouTube, are facing intense criticism for using algorithms to suggest content to users.</p>

The god of "engagement" defeats the god of "is this really a good idea?" once again.
Twitter  algorithm  extremism 
28 days ago by charlesarthur
Newspapers help to radicalise far right, says UK anti-terror chief | UK news | The Guardian
cited the 2017 terror attack in Finsbury Park in London as an example of where a man was “driven to an act of terror by far-right messaging he found mostly on mainstream media”.
Basu invited national newspaper editors to debate their coverage with “survivors of terrorism and those of us trying to counter it”. He said he hoped the government would deal with the issue of mainstream news outlets amplifying terrorist messaging in its forthcoming proposals on online harms and not just target large social networks such as Facebook and YouTube.
terrorism  ethics  ugc  extremism  t 
29 days ago by paulbradshaw
Instagram is full of conspiracy theories and extremism • The Atlantic
Taylor Lorenz:
<p>When Alex, now a high-school senior, saw an Instagram account he followed post about something called QAnon back in 2017, he’d never heard of the viral conspiracy theory before. But the post piqued his interest, and he wanted to know more. So he did what your average teenager would do: He followed several accounts related to it on Instagram, searched for information on YouTube, and read up on it on forums.

A year and a half later, Alex, who asked to use a pseudonym, runs his own Gen Z–focused QAnon Instagram account, through which he educates his generation about the secret plot by the “deep state” to take down Donald Trump. “I was just noticing a lack in younger people being interested in QAnon, so I figured I would put it out there that there was at least one young person in the movement,” he told me via Instagram direct message. He hopes to “expose the truth about everything corrupt governments and organizations have lied about.” Among those truths: that certain cosmetics and foods contain aborted fetal cells, that the recent Ethiopian Airlines crash was a hoax, and that the Christchurch, New Zealand mosque shootings were staged.

Instagram is teeming with these conspiracy theories, viral misinformation, and extremist memes, all daisy-chained together via a network of accounts with incredible algorithmic reach and millions of collective followers—many of whom, like Alex, are very young. </p>
instagram  conspiracy  extremism 
29 days ago by charlesarthur

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